Friday, September 11, 2020

The Day America Was Forever Changed...


Op-ed:
The History of 9/11 Must Live On
By: Diane Sori / The Patriot Factor / Right Side Patriots on Right Side Patriots Radio 

It's been 19 years...almost a generation...and yet to me it seems just like yesterday.

And so on this most sacred and solemn of days we now sadly see this day also replete with politics and silly partisan bickering. But for I and so many others we still cry and pray for both dear friends and family lost and even for those we didn't personally know...for today will always remain the day America's heart was pierced as buildings fell, a plane crashed in a field, and Americans came together to collectively mourn. And mourn we did not only for those lost but for our country as well...for our beloved America was now and forever changed in the span of just one single day...a day when we saw and felt camaraderie...a day that now sadly finds us divided.

And for those of us who were forced by circumstances to suddenly grow up and leave childhood behind...for those of us who actually tasted the all-powerful and forever lingering smell of death...and even for those of us who were personally untouched by an event that should not ever have been…we all have ingrained within our consciousness images that haunt...images once unimaginable of destruction and death here on American soil...destruction and death that mingled together the blood of our fellow countrymen…images that have now become, for some, but a sad reminder of the evils that men do while believing their misplaced cause is just.

But there are also images remembered of true heroes born...like Todd Beamer and his fellow passengers who turned two simple words, "Let's Roll," into our nation’s then newest battle cry...as well as images of true warriors lost...60 brave men and women in blue, 12 brave paramedics, and 343 brave firefighters including Father Michael Fallon Judge, the chaplain of the NYFD who passed away while tending to the wounded and dying...heroes and warriors gone in the mere blink of an eye.

And while September 11th should always be remembered as the day when "hyphens" were dropped and "Old Glory" could be seen flying proudly everywhere across this great land as we Americans all came together to unite and stand undivided as one...Democrat, Republican, Christian, Jew, white, black, brown, yellow, red, and police blue...all joined together...all sharing the same sadness and pain. But, sadly that feeling now seems to be lost even though the happenings at "Ground Zero" in New York City, the Pentagon complex, and at a vacant field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania should remain sacred American holy grounds that forever help keep us all united in God’s embrace. 

For how could those sacred grounds not be for in their rich soil now rests the souls of the 2,973 innocent victims...innocent victims who in their own right are heroes all…heroes who awoke so full of life and promise on a beautiful sunny and warm September day...yet 2,973 innocents destined by fate never to return home...never again to kiss their husbands and wives...never again to hold their sons and daughters or play with their grandchildren... mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles and dear friends…2,973 innocent victims never to be forgotten by those they left behind…innocent victims now safe for all eternity never to be hurt again.

But here we are on yet another September 11th, but this time we are embattled not with the enemy who did this to us...who did this to our beloved America...but instead we are now fighting amongst ourselves thus allowing the "enemy within" to finish the job the true enemy could not do. And we seem to be allowing that "enemy within" to take away not just our hopes, dreams, and memories of that fateful September day, but through our complacency we are now also bearing witness to our children's future being selectively targeted with the erasing of America's past...9/11 most especially included. And without memories of our past...as ugly as some of those memories might be...we as a nation cannot truly become what we were destined by our Forefathers to be for when American flags are ordered to be taken down, when the roll call of victims names is discouraged, and when a nasty virus from China becomes the excuse for memorial lights not to be turned on, 9/11 becomes just another day in the calendar and that is something we cannot nor must not allow to happen.

And so now new buildings reach up to touch the sky where other buildings once stood sending a simple message in concrete and steel that tells the world that not only did America come back from the ashes...but that the spirit of camaraderie felt on that fateful day can once again be ignited within us...if we allow it to be so.

I still in my heart believe that America will never be brought to her knees no matter what evils befall us. Simply, America will survive because America must survive not just for us, the generation who lived the nightmare that was 9/11, but for future generations who must know that "We the People" can survive anything as long as we band together and unite as one. That should be the main lesson learned from a sunny September day so many years ago...a day when the spirit of survival itself along with pride in our country was awoken in everyday Americans...Americans from all walks of life...Americans of every color and creed...spirits that must not now nor ever be taken away from "We the People' no matter what evils befall us for by taking away those spirits history you've taken away our country's very reason for being.

And so today the spirits of survival and national pride must be the lessons learned as together we remember and honor the 2,973 victims of 9/11, but let's also remember and honor the four victims of another 9/11...Ambassador Christopher Stevens, Information Officer Sean Smith, and ex-Navy SEALS Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods...four brave men who made the ultimate sacrifice in a far off nightmare called Benghazi…and that they too must also be forever part of our thoughts, prayers, and history.

2,973 heroes plus four...God Bless them all for now they're "home" forever safe in "His" arms...never to be hurt again…never to be forgotten...always to be honored and to live on in our hearts...for by us honoring them...by us remembering them...both their memories and their history will survive.

And so I leave you with this prayer of sorts, "May God the Father bless our beloved America today, tomorrow, and always…and may our tears for those lost never stop flowing for to forget their sacrifice or relegate it to a place in our nation's history we no longer visit...makes us no better than the uncivilized sorts who are the true enemies of freedom." And to that I say "Amen."
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NEVER FORGET the day that changed America forever. Understand who did this to us and why for if we, as a country, relegate this day to just the pages of what is now politically being allowed to become our nation's ever changing history, the nightmare that is 9/11 will surely happen again.

For those who have sadly forgotten the true horrors of 9/11, this video '9/11: Ground Zero Underworld' shows not only the nightmare itself, but the personal side of the heroes who searched and died below Ground Zero in the immediate aftermath of the day that changed America forever.

This video from the History Channel gives a visual timeline of the most horrific event in our nation's history. 

The True Horrors of 911 is a photo album I put up every year on this most solemn day...photos entrusted to me in the immediate aftermath of 9/11...photos that were to be put up only when I was given the okay to do so and then every year afterwards...which I have faithfully done. And while many are now on the internet others still are not. (Click the title active link, then photos, then albums.)

And lastly, below is what I consider to be the most powerful and memorable 9/11 commemorative commercial ever made...officially only run once...rightfully replayed via the internet countless times.

 
Copyright @ 2020 Diane Sori / The Patriot Factor / All Rights Reserved


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